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The World’s Largest Chocolate Bar

Anyone up for a choco overload? We can forget our diet for a while and all these counter-obesity initiatives we have and think about the fresh, rich aroma and delightfully delicious taste of the world’s largest chocolate bar, all 12,190 pounds of it.

World’s Finest Chocolate, a chocolate company based in Chicago, created the chocolate bar mid-September, which contains 5,500 pounds of sugar, 1,700 pounds of cocoa butter, 2,000 pounds of milk powder, 1,200 pounds of almonds and 1,400 pounds of chocolate liquor. It stands 3 feet high, 4 feet wide and 21 feet long. That means this monstrous treat is equivalent to 221,171 25-gram bars of our favorite chocolate. And if a regular bar has more or less 215 calories, this one got 47,551,765 calories in it. Quite a lot, huh. But don’t worry, the people behind this gigantic candy bar do not want us to eat it all up and get fat— in fact, what they want is for people to be aware that moderation is still the best way to go when it comes to eating.

The enormous choco treat is part of a fundraising campaign called “Think Big, Eat Smart” that’s initiated by World’s Finest Chocolate. The campaign aims to help children realize the proper use of chocolate treats and confections in their diet, aligning itself with the administration’s Choose My Plate and Let’s Move initiatives. It is set up as a fundraising tour, going across seven cities in four states (Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois), hoping to drive a message of portion control, moderation and active lifestyles. As the organizers say, the idea is not how big the bar is—the bigger idea is eating right.

We can eat sweets, of course, satisfy our sweet tooth time and again, but the advice they give is “share and pair.” Don’t eat the chocolate at one time, save some for tomorrow. We can have a few sections now, or share some sections with a friend – it wouldn’t help consuming all those calories at one time. Chocolates are also best when it’s balanced with nutritious food—throw in our inexpensive, quality aprons and prepare choco treats with fruits like strawberries, grapes or other fruits. The recommendation also comes with tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle – getting out there and get moving.

The giant chocolate bar was attached to a set of scales by two workers in quality aprons to validate the record and to make the announcement official that it is indeed the current record holder for the world’s largest chocolate bar. A representative of the Guinness World Record was there to confirm and adjudicate the feat. The previous record holder was a 9,702 chocolate bar made in Armenia last year by the Grand Candy Company.

The creation of the gigantic candy bar and the campaign on portioning really sounds ironic, but organizers say that they intentionally did it for retention. They wanted to get the children’s attention and make them remember. Which could make sense, if we think about it — the world’s largest chocolate bar is indeed a BIG reminder of what they want to say: eat smart and get moving.